Laurel station (MARC)
|MARC Commuter rail station|
Laurel Railroad Station, December 2008
|Location||22 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||RTA 409 Second & Main Sts.|
|Bicycle facilities||Yes; 10 lockers|
|Passengers (2013)||662 (MARC)|
Laurel Railroad Station
|Location||East Main Street
|Architect||Ephraim Francis Baldwin|
|Architectural style||Queen Anne|
|NRHP Reference #||73002165|
|Added to NRHP||March 30, 1973|
The Laurel Railroad Station was originally constructed in 1884 for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad along the railroad's Washington Branch, about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. The architect was E. Francis Baldwin. The structure is constructed of brick, and is one and a half stories, modified rectangle in form with overhanging gabled and hipped roof sections with brackets and terra cotta cresting, and an interior chimney. There is a louvered lunette in one gable, stick work in another, and fish-scale shingling under truncated hipped section; shed shelter, segmental arched openings. It is Queen Anne in style. It is nearly identical in plan and dimensions to the Gaithersburg, Maryland station Baldwin designed, also built in 1884, although the rooflines and settings are quite different.
A fire gutted the interior of the station, and damaged its roof and brick walls, in January 1992.
Laurel station is in the process of having its platforms rebuilt as part of a stimulus funding program announced by Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Martin O'Malley at the station in February 2009.
Ten bicycle lockers are available for rent at the station. The price for renting a locker was $70 per year as of January 2013, plus a $25 refundable security deposit. Lockers are not for short term use. The MTA Office of Customer Information (410-767-8749) is the point of contact for inquiries.
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- MARC station list (includes Laurel) MARC official website
- Arthur C. Townsend (June 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Laurel Railroad Station" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
- Avery, Carlos P. (2003). E. Francis Baldwin, Architect: The B&O, Baltimore, and Beyond. Baltimore, Maryland: Baltimore Architecture Foundation. pp. 33, 128. ISBN 0-9729743-0-X.
- "Laurel Rail Depot Burns". highbeam.com. The Washington Post. January 15, 1992. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
- "Biden Visits Laurel to Stump for Stimulus". The Washington Post. February 5, 2009.
- "MARC Riders Guide". Maryland Transit Administration. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- Media related to Laurel (MARC station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Laurel station official website
- Laurel Railroad Station, Prince George's County, Inventory No.: PG:LAU-6, including photo in 1975, at Maryland Historical Trust website
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. MD-973, "Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station, Laurel, 101 Lafayette Avenue, Laurel, Prince George's County, MD", 14 photos, 9 data pages, 1 photo caption page
- Main Street entrance from Google Maps Street View